Tribal Council Member Charged With Extreme Dui

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A Tonto Apache Tribal Council member has been charged with extreme DUI with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit, say police.

Farrell Hoosava Jr., 52, pled not guilty to the charge early last month shortly after his arrest.

On Oct. 5, Payson police officers stopped Hoosava in a grey Hyundai Sonata just after 2 a.m. on West Phoenix Street, according to police reports. Officer Michael Hansen said he saw Hoosava’s vehicle drive slowly down Phoenix Street. Hoosava then stopped and a woman got out of the car, yelled and walked away. The Sonata followed her and Hansen suspected a domestic disturbance.

“As I got out of my vehicle and approached the vehicle, the female subject advised that everything was alright, they were just having a little argument,” Hansen wrote.

Hoosava smelled of alcohol, Hansen reported. When asked if everything was alright, Hoosava said “they were just having a little argument as guys and girls do,” according to the police report. “Mr. Hoosava’s eyes were bloodshot.”

Hoosava admitted he’d had three beers earlier, the report said. Hoosava allegedly then failed a field sobriety test, losing his balance several times. His blood-alcohol content came back at .231 and .226, wrote Officer J. Johnson.

On a scale of zero to 10, Hoosava rated his intoxication level a five, Snyder wrote.

Hoosava currently serves as a member of the Tonto Apache Tribal Council. He used to be the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino’s general manager and is credited with helping start the tribe’s leadership program.

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